Gilbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gilbey family

The surname Gilbey was first found in Lincolnshire at Gilby, a hamlet in the parish of Pilham. [1] However, more records point to Leicestershire where the surname was descended from the tenant of the lands of Galby or Gilby held by Robert Burdet's son from Hugh Grandesnil, a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

The earliest record of the family was Geoffrey Gilbe who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Leicestershire in 1327. A few years later, John Gilby was listed in 1414. [2]

Early History of the Gilbey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilbey research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1414, 1561, 1603, 1645, 1571, 1619, 1510, 1585, 1531, 1535 and 1561 are included under the topic Early Gilbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gilbey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gilby, Gilbey, Gilbie, Guilbey, Gillbie, Gillby and others.

Early Notables of the Gilbey family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Anthony Gilby (c.1510-1585), an English clergyman and preacher in Leicestershire, known as a radical Puritan and translator of the Geneva Bible. "He was born in Lincolnshire, and educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. 1531 and a M.A. in 1535. He had two sons and two...
Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gilbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gilbey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gilbey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Gilbey, who settled in Maryland in 1668
  • Thomas Gilbey, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gilbey (post 1700) +

  • Sir Walter Gavin Gilbey (b. 1949), 4th Baronet of Elsenham Hall, an English peer
  • Sir Walter Derek Gilbey (1913-1991), 3rd Baronet of Elsenham Hall, an English peer
  • Sir Henry Walter Gilbey (1859-1945), 2nd Baronet of Elsenham Hall, an English peer
  • Sir Walter Gilbey (1831-1914), 1st Baronet of Elsenham Hall, an English wine-merchant and philanthropist, Chairman and co-founder of W. & A. Gilbey, wine merchants and distillers
  • Tom Gilbey (1938-2017), British fashion designer; his designs were featured in the Fashion Museum, Bath
  • Alfred Newman Gilbey (1901-1998), British Roman Catholic priest and monsigno
  • Walter Anthony Gilbey (d. 1935), British former Member of the House of Keys in the Isle of Man
  • Grace Mary Eleanor Gilbey (1887-1958), 8th Baroness Vaux of Harrowden, who received the title out of abeyance in 1935
  • Julian Gilbey, British film director


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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